Harvey Elliott has seen a surprise position change this summer. So how does the 18-year-old really feel about it?
Harvey Elliott is one of the most interesting parts of this pre-season after his position change. Though, he was going to be one to watch regardless.
The 18-year-old moves into Liverpool’s first-team squad as a genuine asset and does so after a fantastic loan spell with Blackburn Rovers. Elliott, in his first senior season, scored four times and assisted 11 in the Championship.
For someone who only legally became an adult halfway through that campaign, it’s a truly sensational record.
But Elliott played almost exclusively as a right-sided midfielder last season. That’s where we’ve seen him with Liverpool, too, on the rare occasions he featured in 19/20.
Jurgen Klopp has shaken things up, however. He’s used Elliott as a central midfielder in pre-season, putting him on the right of the three.
Now, to us, it looks perfect. Elliott shows the right kind of energy for the role, has the control in small space to make it work, and can naturally drift out onto the right flank.
There’s also a possible triple-threat with Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold that we really like the look of.
But that’s just our opinion – what about Elliott? Well, the teenager spoke out on the change on Friday.
Harvey Elliott on his position change
“To be honest, I don’t mind playing anywhere,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Wherever I play, I’m just excited to put the shirt on every single game, give it my 100 per cent, work as hard as I can and just try to influence the game.
“Wherever the gaffer tells me to play, I’m more than confident and willing to play there. It’s just all about putting on the shirt again and giving it 100 per cent.”
Honestly, we wouldn’t expect anything else from Elliott. His attitude towards the game is fantastic and it’s one that should take him to the top.
He wants to learn, he wants to play, and he’s willing to adapt. Liverpool can’t ask for anything more.
So Elliott is all in on the position change and everything is working well. Is it possible to be even more excited about his potential?